[SHONGWENI] – Truck rear-ends another leaving three injured.
Three men were injured this morning, one of them critically, when a truck rear-ended another on the N3 highway near the Mariannhill toll plaza in Shongweni, KwaZulu Natal.
ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on the scene shortly before 07h00 to find one truck crushed against the ARMCO barrier while a second truck had come to a stop some distance away on the side of the road. Scrap metal from the one truck had been spread across the highway in the collision.
On closer inspection, paramedics found two men walking around on the scene while a third man was found lying trapped inside the one truck in a critical condition.
Rescue services had to use specialised equipment to free the trapped patient from the truck. After some time, the man was freed and provided with advanced life support interventions before he was transported to a nearby hospital.
The two remaining men were treated for their moderate injuries and were thereafter transported by another service to a nearby hospital.
The traffic in the area was affected for some time to scene management and clean-up.
Local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.